Jim: The James Foley Story

In August, 2014, a video of the public execution of American photojournalist James Foley rippled across the globe. Foley wore an orange jumpsuit as he knelt beside an ISIS militant dressed in black. That image challenged the world to deal with a new face of terror. And it tested one American family. Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley’s close childhood friend, Jim takes us from small-town New England to the adrenaline-fueled front lines of Libya and Syria, where Foley pushed the limits of danger to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd

    One happy ending and one tragically sad one. An overwhelming documentary about a frontline reporter covering conflicts in the middle East. Addicted to the adrenaline perhaps, but I think it was an addiction to do good in the world.If only I had the balls and half of his desire.

  • ★★★★ review by Robin on Letterboxd

    I don't know if this is that well made because it's just super sad and heartbreaking

  • ★★★★ review by Smarter on Letterboxd

    This documentary was super interesting for me because I was very unfamiliar with the story. To hear about this guy from his left behind family/friends and other journalists he was in captive with was of course extremely depressing. You don't often think of journalists living these dangerous insane lives but WOW this stuff is intense.

  • ★★★★ review by HaydenMaxwell on Letterboxd

    Seeing Letterboxd reviews of form SMH

    Y'all must be made of stone

  • ★★★½ review by Aaron Burr, sir on Letterboxd

    This was an interesting documentary. I'm sure most people have seen clips from the beheading video with "Jihadi John," but it was nice to learn more about James and his family. It was also nice to learn about the other journalists that were held captive by the terrorists. It was a very informative documentary and it was heartbreaking at times as well.

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